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Idioms for fall

Origin of fall

before 900; Middle English fallen, Old English feallan; cognate with German fallen, Old Norse falla; akin to Lithuanian pùlti to fall

OTHER WORDS FROM fall

un·fall·ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for fall into (1 of 2)

Fall
/ (fɔːl) /

noun

the Fall theol Adam's sin of disobedience and the state of innate sinfulness ensuing from this for himself and all mankindSee also original sin

British Dictionary definitions for fall into (2 of 2)

fall
/ (fɔːl) /

verb falls, falling, fell (fɛl) or fallen (ˈfɔːlən) (mainly intr)

noun

Word Origin for fall

Old English feallan; related to Old Norse falla, Old Saxon, Old High German fallan to fall; see fell ²
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Idioms and Phrases with fall into (1 of 2)

fall into

1

Enter or engage in, be drawn into, as in I told Dad not to fall into conversation with them. [Late 1400s]

2

See fall in, def. 1.

3

Be naturally divisible into, as in These students fall into three categories. [First half of 1600s]

4

fall into error or sin. Be drawn into bad behavior, as in I fell into error when I started spending time with the wrong crowd. This usage, like fall from grace, originally alluded to religious concerns. It is now used less often and more loosely. [Late 1100s]

5

fall into a trap. Be deceived, unknowingly become involved in something. For example, By admitting I had free time, I fell into the trap of having to help him with his work. Also see under fall in; fall in line; fall in place.

Idioms and Phrases with fall into (2 of 2)

fall

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